According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the U.S. averaged 3.49 percent in mid-February 2020.
"The low mortgage rate environment continues to spur homebuying activity, with applications to purchase a home up fifteen percent from a year ago," said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist. "We've seen new residential construction surge over the last few months, on pace to reach the highest level in more than a decade. This is a good sign for the inventory-starved housing market and is a promising indication for the spring homebuying season."
Freddie Mac News Facts
30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.49 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending February 20, 2020, slightly up from last week when it averaged 3.47 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.35 percent.
15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.99 percent with an average 0.8 point, slightly up from last week when it averaged 2.97. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.78 percent.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.25 percent with an average 0.2 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.28 percent. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.84 percent.
According to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, U.S. builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged one point lower to 74 in February 2020.
Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey is reporting this week that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the U.S. was the lowest in three years. As rates fell for the third consecutive week, markets staged a rebound with increases in manufacturing and service sector activity.
The National Association of Home Builders' latest 55+ Housing Market Index is reporting this week that U.S. builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market dropped four points to 68 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 10, 2020, U.S. mortgage applications increased 30.2 percent from one week earlier.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's newly released Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), U.S. mortgage credit availability decreased in December 2019.
The MCAI fell by 3.5 percent to 182.2 in December.
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